Atlanta, GA – Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit treatment organization for adults and adolescents, welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors and two new members to its Emeritus Board. New members elected to the Board of Directors include Liz Blake; Timothy Jefferson, Esq.; Ty Smith; and Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS). Richard Parker and Margie West Wynne were elected to the Emeritus Board in recognition of their years of service to Skyland Trail.
Liz Blake currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of The Westminster Schools, Inc., and as a board member of numerous organizations including Green Brick Partners, Inc.; Emory University-Children’s Healthcare Pediatric Research Institute; the Marcus Autism Center; the Carter Center Board of Councilors; the Enterprise Community Partners; the Partners in Health Foundation; and the International Women’s Forum-Atlanta. In 2014, Blake retired as SVP of Advocacy, Government Affairs and General Counsel of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., in Atlanta. Previously, Blake held executive-level positions with companies including General Electric Company, GE Power Systems, and US Airways and was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to the Ohio Board of Regents where she served as the first woman chair. Blake earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York and her undergraduate degree with honors from Smith College. Blake lives in Atlanta with her husband, Frank. They have five children and six grandchildren.
Timothy Jefferson, Esq., is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Grady Health System, one of the largest public academic healthcare centers in the United States. Jefferson previously served as Grady Health System’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Operating Officer. Jefferson began his career with the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and later served as Senior Associate General Counsel/Hospital Counsel for Howard University, and as Chief Legal Officer for the D.C. Health and Hospital Public Benefit Corporation. Jefferson is the Past President of the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys and is a current member of several healthcare executive professional associations. Jefferson earned his Juris Doctorate from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hofstra University. A native of Hartsville, South Carolina, Jefferson grew up in Harlem in New York City. He and his wife Walda live in Atlanta and are the proud parents of three children and four grandchildren.
Ty Smith currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Wealth Executive for Georgia and South Carolina with Regions Private Wealth Management. Prior to his current position, Smith was Managing Director for PNC Institutional Asset Management for Georgia and Alabama. He has also previously served as Senior Regional Fiduciary Manger for Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services, as Regional Managing Director of Investments for Wachovia, and Managing Director of Wachovia Trust. Smith also serves as Treasurer of the University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Virginia.
Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), currently serves as the Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Dr. Srinivasan also is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. Additionally, Dr. Srinivasan currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University Medical Center and sees patients at the Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Srinivasan previously served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Srinivasan obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from Davidson College. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Srinivasan lives in Atlanta with his wife, Paige Martin, and has two children.
Richard Parker, who served on the Skyland Trail Board of Directors and Advisory Board for 20 years, and as Board Chair for three years, was elected as an Emeritus Board member alongside Margie West Wynne, who served as Secretary of the Skyland Trail Board of Directors for over 20 years. The Margie West Wynne Art Fellowship is named in her honor.
Board Officer elections were also held. Mark Tipton was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Amy Rollins Kreisler was elected to serve as Secretary.
Board Member Kelly Loeffler stepped down from the Board of Directors to assume her role as U.S. Senator.